The Flood

The Flood

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In 1986, a small Scottish publishing firm released a first novel by a talented young writer. Only a few hundred copies were printed but it was a literary milestone nonetheless. The book was THE FLOOD. The author was Ian Rankin...Mary Miller had always been an outcast. As a young girl she had fallen into the hot burn - a torrent of warm chemical run-off from the local coal mine. Fished out white-haired and half-dead, sympathy for her quickly faded when the young man who pushed her in died in a mining accident just two days later. From then on she was regarded with a mixture of suspicion and fascination by her God-fearing community. Now, years later she is hardly less alone. She is the mother of a bastard son, Sandy, and caught up in a faltering affair with a local teacher. Sandy, meanwhile, has fallen in love with a strange homeless girl. The search for happiness isn't easy. Both mother and son must face a dark secret from their past, in the growing knowledge that their small dramas are being played out against a much larger canvas, glimpsed only in symbols and flickering images - of decay and regrowth, of fire and water - of the flood. THE FLOOD is both a coming-of-age novel and an amazing portrait of a time and place. Proto-Rankin as it is, it's dark, atmospheric and powerful - a remarkable debut from a remarkable author.show more

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  • Downloadable audio file
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0752889389
  • 9780752889382

About Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin was born in Fife in 1960, and has been a regular on bestseller lists worldwide ever since his first Rebus novel was published in 1987. As well as winning numerous literary awards, Ian has received the OBE for services to literature. He lives with his family in Edinburgh. Fife born Donald was most recently seen on television in the BBC Scotland series RIVER CITY playing Callum and in SPOOKS -BBC TV as PC Steven Bowyers. Theatre includes ANTIGONE at the Old Vic, MYTHS OF THE NEAR FUTURE at the Tramway, Glasgow, MACBETH at the StephenJoseph Theatre and Everyman, Liverpool and THE CURE AT TROY at Battersea Arts Centre, ROMEO & JULIET, TWELFTH NIGHT at Shakespeare in the Botanics, Glasgow.show more